Night and Fog (The Criterion Collection)
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- New transfer with restored image and sound and improved subtitle translation
- Excerpt from an audio interview with director Alain Resnais
- Optional music only track
- New essay by Phillip Lopate
- Essay about composer Hanns Eisler
- Crew profiles
Top Customer Reviews
I have since seen other films depicting the Holocaust, including "Schindler's List" and "Life is Beautiful," both of which were excellent. But "Night and Fog" is still the one work that will shake you to your marrow. I visited the Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem in the late 70's, and the emotional experience was identical to and of the same wrenching caliber as watching "Night and Fog."
Truth is truth. We need to look at it, even when it would be more comfortable to turn away. Thank God someone like Resnais had the courage to tell the truth of the Holocaust in a ruthless and inescapable way that holds us all accountable. "Night and Fog" should give us all the courage to call evil by its name out loud when we see it, and to stand together to stop it.
This should be required viewing for everyone.
We talk about the Holocaust, we hear 6 million jews died, 12 million total, we may even see a film like Life is Beautiful, which scratches the surface to what went on inside the camps.
But nothing can prepare you for the sheer mindshattering power of this film.
It is a brief, stark film, shot in black and white and goes on for only a halfhour.
But instead of adding dramatic flourishes, or light intonations, it simply shows images of the horror that was the Holocaust. A musical score flows throughout the background as you are hit with an assault of image after image of what went on behind the camp gates.
You can watch the goriest film with practices 100x as bizarre, but they wont disturb you nearly as much as seeing an entire storeroom filled with hair cut off from the victims of this atrocity or pictures of human beings that stand there as mere skeletons.
The narrator shows incredible constraint in his tone and his line of comments. He simply provides a framework for the images and probes the viewer, "Why did this happen? How could we allow this to go on?"
Not for young children.
It stays with you. If it doesn't disturb you, if it doesn't deeply affect you, you may have to question the depth of your humanity.
The film is best seen as a philosophical exploration rather than a history lesson - indeed, if you don't know at least the key events of the Nazi Regime, you'll find Resnais' elisions confusing. It is still a potent and unsettling film and, within its mere 31 minutes, opened up questions about artistic responsibility and representation that persist today about the Holocaust and other filmed depictions of human atrocities.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Brilliant film with persuasive and detailed arguments made by Resnais about his countrymen and women's involvement with the Nazis, the Holocaust, WWII, etc. etc. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Kindle Customer
I wouldn't say this is an enjoyable movie (due to the topic) but it was very informative. I would recommend it as a film to watch to become more informed on the Holocaust. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Diane C. Langness
A terrifying film. Evil is not banal and the way this is filmed and the horrifying everydayness of life in the death camps is brilliantly captured in this tough and bitting film. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Cassandra Langer
An important and immensely haunting and shocking film at only half hour but manages to capsulizes the horror in such a way that ultimately stays with you.Published 7 months ago by Jess Bermea
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